Courtesy of our man in London ^
Mrs Scandalous wants to make a wattle fence (woven branches) for the garden. I told her I'd need a hatchet. She's full blooded Finn so of course she got a Fiskars. This little hatchet made short work of cutting a bunch of palm-diameter branches and saplings for the posts. Brought a little coticule and a bucket of water with me and it takes and holds an edge real nicely.
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Yamashin 175mm (actually about 172) White #1 Bunka, a heavier, ‘cleaverish‘ knife almost twice as thick as the R2 Shibatas above the heel. Should be good for heavier work, and for under $100 who can complain? It needs some TLC as most cheap knives do, but no problem, just a nice afternoon job. It’s fairly thick down to the grind, which is fine for heavier work.
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Very nice! Maxim has been putting some NOS knives on his site and posting on Facebook. I want more single bevels but can't justify it. It would get used once or twice a year at most for the price of sides of fish versus whole fish.Here are couple for ya @ChefJohnBoy-ardee (you do a lot of fish cookery, right?)...
I acquired these by virtue of some extreme generosity of a member on KKF, who often searches out great deals on Japanese auction sites, restores or sorts them out, and then sells on for the same price or less than he paid originally. Just for the love of the game.
If you buy old or NOS single bevel slicing knives like these they almost invariably need straightening and sorting out so that the ura makes proper contact with the stone. Which isn't all that easy to do well. I received these knives restored and sharpened at a level easily that of a professional knife sharpener with a deep understanding of Japanese single bevel knives. Just the work done on them alone would normally cost what he was asking for the knives.*
Both of these are probably white paper steel. I don't know the makers, but shouldn't be too difficult to find out. The Takohiki in particular has some signs that might indicate it's quite posh; beautifully engraved kanji and a lovely red marbled horn ferrule, which is quite rare in terms of colouration, in fact it's the only one I've ever had.
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* Which was $75 and $55 respectively(!) Though I gave him more, because he's a very nice person and those prices were frankly absurd.